Every RV Traveler Needs This Tool (Pray You Never Use It)

November 24, 2014 by · Comments Off 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminRIDDLE TIME: “I am a device that every RV owner should carry, yet no one ever hopes to use.” There’s a certain tool that everyone needs to carry in their vehicle. This simple tool ( can literally be a life saving device. It’s small and inexpensive, and yes it makes a great stocking stuffer type of gift. If you or your loved ones are ever faced with the prospect of using this tool, you’ll probably consider it the best $5 you ever spent. Yet hopefully it will never see serious action. The best case scenario is that you place this tool inside your vehicle glove box, where it resides for years without incident.  What tool are we discussing today? Of course, we’re talking about an… Read more  Read More →

10 Severe Weather Safety Tips for RV Travelers

April 29, 2014 by · Comments Off 

1. Get a NOAA weather radio ( and put charged backup batteries inside it. We use Sanyo Eneloop ( rechargeable batteries. A weather radio is always a wise investment in severe weather safety. (Click the pic to get your own.) 2. Develop a disaster plan for you and your family. 3. Identify a safe place for you to take storm shelter. 4. Know the county in which you are visiting, so that you can get accurate weather information. 5. It only takes two feet of water to float away most cars. Do not drive into a flooded area. 6. Respect severe thunderstorm winds, as they can reach speeds of 100 to 150 MPH (faster than some hurricanes). 7. 30/30 Rule – if the time between lightning strikes and thunder is less than 30 seconds, you need to take shelter. 8. Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle; instead you should take shelter immediately. 9. If caught outside during a tornado, lie flat on the ground and cover your head with your hands – most deaths and injuries during a tornado are caused by flying debris. 10. No place is totally safe during a tornado, but your best option is usually underground.  Read More →

VIDEO: How to TURN OFF the Ford F250 “Autolock” Feature

April 9, 2014 by · Comments Off 

On our YouTube Channel ( we recently demonstrated how to program a spare keyless remote ( in a Ford F250. This got me thinking about our F250’s autolock feature. CLICK THE PIC TO WATCH THE VIDEO! On paper, autolock is a nice feature – the doors automatically lock once the truck moves faster than 5 MPH. It makes sense in theory. There’s only one problem with autolock: it often succeeds in locking me out of the vehicle. Doh! To be more accurate, autolock succeeds in locking both doors – driver side and passenger side. I can’t count how many times I’ve stopped the truck, gotten outside, and approached the passenger door only to find it locked. Our F250 has no keypad entry on the passenger side; it’s only on the driver side. So if I’m locked out on the passenger side, I must make the long long trek back to the driver side. I know it’s a First World Problem, but it’s a problem nevertheless. The upshot? I’d remove an annoyance from my life if the autolock was disabled. Well guess what? If I’d taken the time to RTFM (”read the Ford manual“) I would’ve found that it’s surprisingly easy to activate and deactivate the autolock feature. So we made a video demonstrating just that. Click the pic to watch the video on YouTube. Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel ( – over 3 million views and counting!  Read More →

GET A WEATHER RADIO! (Sorry for Shouting)

April 7, 2014 by · Comments Off 

It’s that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and tornadoes are violently spinning past (and sometimes through) campgrounds. That’s why we carry a Midland WR300 weather radio ( Every year severe weather claims the lives of innocent people. What can you do about it? GET A WEATHER RADIO! (Sorry for shouting.) A weather radio won’t stop the tornado, but with a timely alert at least you’ll have a fighting chance to find shelter. The Midland WR300 weather radio offers a lot of nice features in a small RV-sized package. (Click the pic to GET A WEATHER RADIO!) And no, my friends, an RV doesn’t really cut the mustard as storm shelter. Even the sturdiest RV may get smashed like a tin can by the weakest tornado. We’ve owned our Midland WR300 weather radio for several years and have been pleased with its performance. My general advice regarding weather radios is simply to get one. (Please note that I’ve lowered my voice.) Any weather radio is better than no radio at all. We chose the Midland WR300 because it’s a little nicer than average in terms of features. This weather radio offers many features that combine a traditional radio experience (AM/FM tuning, so you can catch National Propaganda Radio or the big ballgame) with modern weather functionality. It accepts S.A.M.E. Codes, which means that weather alerts are specific to your local county (assuming you mastered collegiate level engineering... Read more

A Sometimes Overlooked Motor Home Safety Tip

November 30, 2013 by Lug_Nut · Comments Off 

Lug_Nut, with an eye on safety. All motor home owners observe certain procedures prior to taking off from a camp stay. Things like, disconnect all connections, slides in, jacks up, antennas down, and more, are standard rituals they are all accustom to. A vehicle walk around after everything is set, is a good policy and hopefully is done by every RV’er. These often reveal issues that need attention such as open compartments, obstacles beneath the coach or wheels, awnings not locked, etc. A little time spent completing this can save a lot of time and possibly costly repairs later. Okay, all checks out as ready for the road, but, what about loose items within the coach? Those items like toasters, coffee pots, cutlery and other personal things that we all carry, are they safe? They create little or no danger while driving down the road outside of possibly rattling in harmony with the bumps on the road surface. However, in the case of a sudden deceleration caused by a collision or even a panic braking action, these items can become lethal. The sink with several dishes, knives and forks, can be tossed up and become ballistic household shrapnel. Many makes of class “A” RV’s do not fair well in a collision, and in some impact instances, the body may practically disintegrate, offering little or no protection for the occupants. Unlike automobiles, trucks and even buses made today, RV’s do not have to meet the same crash test safety regulations. But, even if they... Read more

The Tool You Pray You NEVER Need

October 29, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Everyone needs an escape tool in their vehicle. The original is called the Lifehammer ( Now lower cost alternatives such as the generic Emergency Tool ( are available for around a five spot. There’s also a more premium one called the Houdini ( that has a uniquely clever design. What is an escape tool? It has two functions and one goal. It slices seatbelts and shatters automotive window glass in order to vehicle occupants to safely escape in case of emergency. The Lifehammer is the original escape tool. It comes with its own mounting bracket. (Click the pic for more info.) The most likely emergency situation would be a sinking vehicle. From time to time, we hear reports of vehicles being accidentally driven into large and/or deep bodies of water. This is a terrifying situation that requires quick survival reflexes. When a vehicle plunges into water, its occupants may only have a few precious moments to get out alive. Seatbelts can become stuck (especially those with electronic controls that fail to operate when wet). Similarly, electric windows may not lower once the vehicle is sinking. Here's a rather generic escape tool that may be the best five bucks you ever spend. (Click the pic for more info.) Another emergency situation might be an accident in which the vehicle doors have been rendered useless, and the only means of escape is through a window. An escape tool contains a sharp blade that’s designed... Read more

NASCAR RV Camper Killed by Carbon Monoxide

October 27, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Every RV needs to be equipped with a well functioning carbon monoxide detector like the Kidde KOSM-B ( Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that causes thousands of deaths each year in North America. Breathing in carbon monoxide is very dangerous. It is the leading cause of poisoning death in the United States. RV campers are especially vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure. This is the LP gas detector installed in our Airstream. Since it’s over 10 years old, we’ll add one of the Kidde duel smoke / CO detectors to supplement this unit. (Click the pic for more info.) DEATH AT TALLADEGA Recently a carbon monoxide poisoning tragedy occurred in the RV camping area at NASCAR’s world famous Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. One man was killed, while his wife is in critical condition. The Talladega County Sheriff’s Department said the 46-year old man died at a campground outside the racetrack. He and his 38-year old wife were discovered one morning unresponsive by friends. The wife was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where she remained unconscious and in critical condition. Sadly, the poison managed to shut down many of her internal organs. Even if she survives this ordeal, it’s possible she has suffered irreparable brain and heart damage. What happened? Police said that carbon monoxide apparently leaked from the exhaust system of the family’s RV. The RV had a broken exhaust pipe on its generator, which was left running... Read more

What’s the Secret to RV Closet Space?

July 29, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Lately on our Facebook page ( we’ve been talking about RV storage space. We love our 25-foot Airstream Classic travel trailer. It’s comfortable, cozy, and has been a wonderful home on wheels to us in a variety of adventures. But one thing it’s not… is spacious. We don’t have a lot of storage space. Forget about measuring storage space in terms of square feet. We need to talk about square inches. Maybe even millimeters (if you can stomach the metric system). Every little bit matters. What’s the secret to making the most of the space on hand? This is a pressing topic for most RV travelers, especially those who go on extended long term trips. These hangers are great for RV travel - they are THIN and also NO SLIP (so clothes don't fall to the floor during travel). Click the photo for more info. First of all, it’s important to only pack items that you need and/or will really use. This is harder than it sounds. In fact, this is one topic that has (gasp!) created some husband/wife relationship friction in our RV travels. We’ve made some memorable mistakes in the packing department. I dare not go into too much detail here, else our website may be renamed Short Short Marriage. Suffice to say that we’ve both been guilty of bringing items on our trips that ended up being unnecessary. Some large, some small. Even after years of taking our Airstream on long term journeys, we still make mistakes. The... Read more

How to “Double-Filter” RV Drinking Water

July 10, 2013 by · Comments Off 

On our website, people sometimes ask, “Do you drink the water in your RV?” Our reply? “Yes, and it’s delicious.” We “double-filter” our drinking water, and it’s easy peasy. Here’s how we do it. With regard to water sources, often we are reliant on unfamiliar public taps. So we use two products that work together to filter our drinking water. That’s why our water is double-filtered. The first is the Camco TastePure water filter. This is simply a large water filter that easily attaches to the hose between the “city water” supply and the RV. It’s a big boy and promises to last the entire camping season. We typically use a new one at the beginning of summer. It filters all water before it ever enters our RV. (And by the way, you can save a lot of money on these filters if you buy a two-pack.) The Camco RV water filter does a fine job to help produce great tasting drinking water. (Click the pic for more info.) If you read the Camco fine print, the company promises a “100 micron fiber filter” that “greatly reduces bad taste, odors, chlorine and sediment in drinking water.” While I haven’t bothered to measure the microns, I know this filter works. I’ll never forget the time we attached our filter to the well water supply at an old rural well in Texas. We didn’t realize that the well water was full of nasty sediment. When we turned on the well water, our Camco filter quickly clogged... Read more

REVIEW: “Valentine One” Radar Detector

July 9, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Radar detectors are fascinating devices. These gadgets are used by motorists to detect if their speed is being monitored by someone using a radar gun. In a sense, radar detectors are safety devices that encourage owners to be mindful of speed. Of course, they also help avoid unwanted “speed trap” speeding tickets (although there’s no guarantee on this point) and the resulting hike in insurance premiums. The Valentine One radar detector is among the best money can buy. First sold in 1992, over time its design has barely changed. That’s because it was so darn good from the beginning. These detectors never become obsolete because the software and hardware can always be updated. (If there are significant desirable upgrades, owners can send their old units to the company and pay a fee for the new stuff.) They are built like little tanks, can withstand scorching summer heat, and are packed with thoughtful design features. Valentine One booting up - normally all of these lights are not simultaneously lit. Note the directional arrows, strength meter, and ability to track up to 8 different radar sources. (Click the pic for more info.) The Valentine One (”V1″) offers complete coverage. It detects five bands (X, K, Ka, “super wideband” Ka, and Ku) of radar. It also detects laser in all directions. The Valentine One detector is incredibly sensitive, and sometimes (especially in open terrain) will detect radar signals miles in advance. Yet it’s also intelligent... Read more

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